U.S. Department of Energy Announces $19 Million for Carbon Utilization Funding Opportunity

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February 11, 2022

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $19 Million for Carbon Utilization Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s Carbon Utilization Program announced up to $19 million in federal funding for the advancement of technologies that utilize waste carbon to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and produce reliable feedstocks for biotechnologies.

The funding opportunity announcement (FOA), entitled “Carbon Utilization Technology: Improving Efficient Systems for Algae,” specifically aims to increase the capability of algal systems to capture carbon dioxide and put it to productive use. Capturing this waste carbon then allows for algae to be cultivated into a variety of biofuels and bioproducts. The deployment of algal technologies in these projects will help lower algal system cost, while decreasing GHG emissions.

“This funding opportunity is a great example of the Department’s offices working together on a holistic approach to GHG management and reduction,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for EERE, Kelly Speakes-Backman. “Algae technology provides not only an exceptional carbon sink, but a versatile material product which offers solutions to sustainability challenges from fuel to plastics.”

Concept papers for this FOA are due by March 18, 2022 at 5 p.m, ET. Applications for this FOA are due by May 27, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET. For questions, email FY22CarbonUtilizationFOA@ee.doe.gov. View the full FOA on EERE Exchange or Grants.gov

This FOA follows the recent announcement of the new AlgaePrize competition from BETO, a competition that encourages students to pursue innovative ideas for the development, design, and invention of technologies within the commercial algae value chain. Find more information about the competition on BETO’s website.